John A. Volpe (1969–1973) - Secretary of Transportion [cite this] ↑Richard Nixon Home Page James A. Volpe was born in Wakefield, Massachusetts, on December 8, 1908, and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was governor of Massachusetts (1961-1963, 1965-1969); in 1968, he ran for the Republican nomination for President. Volpe served in the Nixon cabinet as secretary of transportation (1969-1973), and he would later become U.S. ambassador to Italy (1973-1977). He died on September 11, 1994. Richard Nixon Essays Life in Brief Life Before the Presidency Campaigns and Elections Domestic Affairs Foreign Affairs Life After the Presidency Family Life Impact and Legacy [ print all essays ] Richard Nixon Home Citation Information Consulting Editor Ken Hughes Mr. Hughes coordinates the team of scholars reviewing and transcribing President Richard M. Nixon’s White House tapes, as part of the Presidential Recordings Project at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!